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County Officials Warn Of Increase Influenza Activity Statewide; Offers Safety Advice

30 December 2017

The flu season shows no sign of slowing down with 478 confirmed cases in Central Alberta and 49 people ending up in hospital.

Four flu deaths have been reported to the Arkansas Department of Health in the past two weeks, bringing the total deaths in the state to 12 during this year's flu season.

Health and Human Services officials in Boone County said they saw 144 lab confirmed cases of the flu in the week of December 17-23.

It's also possible that the number of people infected is much higher because false negative results on flu tests are "not uncommon" this time of year, she told the paper.

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The influenza season has finally become widespread in South Dakota.

This week alone, 172 people were hospitalized due to the flu.

The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today. At least 11 people younger than 65 have died in California, while North Carolina has reported 12 deaths and SC seven.

The CDC has recommended three main antivirals: oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiful, ) zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir, all of which the CDC says contain a strain of H3N2 which should be effective against this year's version.

And at least twelve children have died from catching the flu this season.

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The uses data from the website's "symptom checker", in which as many as 4 million people a month report their own symptoms.

"Reports recommend getting vaccinated early, but getting one early or late is good to prevent it because we see cases of flu out through May".

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

"First is if someone is sick make sure you stay home, don't go around too many people", he said.

More and more people are getting sick, but the state of IL says there's still time to get a flu shot.

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County Officials Warn Of Increase Influenza Activity Statewide; Offers Safety Advice